posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 12:55 PM
I tried a quick search on Project Skyhook and found nothing, so please forgive me if this has been covered.
Various balloons are often mentioned as a possible source of mistaken ufo sightings. To me this has always sounded absurd. How could anyone mistake
a balloon for a ufo? Then I came across this info on project Skyhook and related programs.
Classified Skyhook Program
The size of these balloons was huge. Made of "special plastics," their average size was double the six million cubic feet of the Hindenberg.
Average diameter was 300 feet with a length of 430 feet at launch, before they fully inflated.
The size of the payload was also huge--6,000 to 8,000 pounds encased in ten-foot cylinders. A picture shows a four-ton reconnaissance camera. It's
as big as a car!
If one of these things came down in my back yard, I wouldn't know what to think.
The article describes a little about their flight characteristics and the procedures involved in their recovery. The author believes that these
programs were undoubtedly the source of many ufo reports.
There is nothing really shocking here, but I found the article interesting. I never knew how big these "balloons" were.
Comments are welcome.